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Oil Response Training - Slow/Backwater Practical
Hosted by Environmental Response Training Program (ERTP)

This 5-day course is designed for Federal On-Scene Coordinators (FOSCs) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), State and Local responders who are involved in inland oil spill prevention and cleanup. The course is a hands-on course that demonstrates oil recovery methods in slow, backwater or marsh environments. Additional emphasis is placed on product recovery techniques in the subsurface to prevent discharges to waterways.

Class participants will be instructed on safe boat handling techniques; boom deployment methods; map reading and use of GPS; safe operations of ATVs; use of various types of diking, damming and filter fences; and oil recovery methods from waterways and subsurface situations.

This course is usually scheduled twice a year (subject to change) or may be requested by EPA FOSCs for presentation at appropriate locations within their regions. Please contact Greg Powell EPA Environmental Response Team Cincinnati, Ohio to arrange for an out reach course at 859-594-6549.

During certain phases of the course, class participants may enter the water. All participants will handle the course equipment throughout the week. Students should dress accordingly for the field operations. Personal equipment should include approved field boots (steel toe), a sharp clip knife, hat, sun screen, and bug repellent.

Instruction methods include lectures, table top exercises and hands-on field work that emphasize the practical and problem solving skills related to oil spill control and clean-up in slow, backwater, and marsh conditions.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the operation of a work boat in backwater conditions
  • Demonstrate proper rope knots to use in oil recovery operations
  • Demonstrate how to determine an exact location on a map using longitude and latitude information developed using GPS
  • Demonstrate how to find an exact location in the field using GPS
  • Demonstrate how to safely operate an ATV
  • Demonstrate proper anchor methods for boom on a lake or river
  • Deploy boom in a backwater environment for the collection of oil
  • Demonstrate proper methods of shoreline protection
  • Establish an oil recovery site and operate common oil recovery equipment
  • Construct underflow dams, filter fences and weir dams
  • Construct interceptor trenches and install French drains and cut-off walls

 Class sizes are limited to 20 students. Please contact Greg Powell U.S. EPA, ERT, at 859-594-6549 for additional information.

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading at

Continuing Education Units:  4.0


*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*

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For general information contact Registrar by telephone at 513-251-7669 or via e-mail at

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